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Wildfire burns over 1,700 acres on Fort Apache Indian Reservation, 0% contained

No evacuations have been ordered, nonetheless officers said the path of the fireplace consists of land with historic value.

NAVAJO COUNTY, Ariz. — A wildfire burning on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Navajo County has burned over 1,700 acres as of Friday morning and stays 0% contained, officers say.

The McDonald Tank fireplace is burning south of Tonto Lake near the Black River, in step with fireplace officers. The fireplace started on Could 23, nonetheless the set off stays beneath investigation.

Crews say dry circumstances and steep terrain throughout the area are making controlling the fireplace troublesome. There’s zero containment throughout the fireplace as of Thursday.

No evacuations have been ordered, nonetheless officers said the path of the fireplace consists of land with historic value to the White Mountain Apache people.  

Firefighters are working to protect the Ten O’ Diamonds Ranch Home and completely different historic buildings, enterprise timberlands, necessary watersheds, riparian areas, rangelands and recreation and wilderness areas. 

Some road restrictions are in place and smoke may very well be seen alongside U.S. 260 and 60.  The junction at Y70/Y30, the Y40/Y70 junction, and all of the issues south of Maverick and Tonto Lake is shortly closed. 

The general public is urged to drive with warning on the Y70 road due to logging truck web site guests and timber operations, officers said.

Maintain monitor of the latest fireplace information on the forestry service web site.

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